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Turf War at Coronado Park leaves one Dead

Updated: Aug 19, 2022

ABQ RAW staff

Posted 8/17/2022 @12:05PM

This story is an update from a story we ran previously

Albuquerque, N.M. -

On June 14th 2022, Albuquerque Police were dispatched to 301 McKnight Ave NW (Coronado Park). Albuquerque Fire Rescue told APD dispatch that a man came to the station to report an unresponsive male in the park. When officers arrived they found a dead male with a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Patreon members can read the full complaint and see Garcia's cell phone data:

According to the criminal complaint, APD homicide detectives came to the scene and did not find any bullet casings near the body of Andrew Aguilar. Detectives obtained video surveillance of the murder. Detectives also observed on the video suspects coming back to the park with flashlights to recover evidence. During a routine park cleanup operation City workers told police they became aware of the possible murder suspect.


City of Albuquerque workers clean up the park at a weekly cleanup operation

On June 15th, 2022, police made contact with Joseph Garcia and found that he had outstanding warrants. He was also concealing a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun. He was arrested and then booked into MDC on the outstanding warrants. Garcia was charged with two misdemeanor warrants. On August 4th, 2022, the homicide warrant was also issued for Garcia stemming from Aguilar's death in the park.

The complaint goes on to say witnesses at the park said Garcia would routinely come to the park to deliver drugs and collect money. A confidential informant told police that Garcia was going to the park to kill someone. Other witnesses say Garcia would "control" the park and keep people in "line."

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